Portugal’s first capital city hosts Portugal’s first PRO music festival

Westway Lab’s PRO registration can be made by paying 80 €, and it includes the following:
– professional accreditation for the event
– tickets for all ticketed shows (these must be picked up before 21h00 on the day of each show at the respective venues)
– exclusive PRO participation in the PRO Networking (11/04 at 04:00 p.m.) and AMAEI PRO (18/04 at 04:00 p.m.); the AMAEI, Portuguese Independent Music Association, hosts the second networking session
– discounts at Partner Hotels (NB: first weekend sold out!)
– PRO data base sharing
– participating in the Guimarães City Tour

Between the dates of April 1st to 19th, Portugal’s first capital city, Guimarães, hosts the first edition Westway LAB Festival. The concept is at once simple yet ambitious: to pair up ETEP artists with national artists in artist residencies that will yield exclusive, brand new showcases as well as foster two weekends’ worth of professional meetings to address the changing times of the music industry, from its creative stages – with practical showcase demonstrating this essential phase – to its next levels: independent labels, live concerts, management, synch licensing etc.

Weekend One: April 10th to 12th
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th
06:00 p.m.
Talks at Café Milenário and Cor de Tangerina
10:00 p.m. 
Residency Showcases at Praça de Couros, Guimarães
Friday 11th
10:00 a.m. Networking: Darker Music Talks (PAC)
04:00 p.m. PRO Networking
Saturday 12th
10:00 a.m. Debate moderated by Robert Singerman: Promoting and Exporting new independent music via Master-Synch Licensing (w/ Mark Frieser, Synch Summit; Sérgio Pimentel, Big Sync; Connie Farr, Think Sync)
02:30 p.m. Workshop / Presentation: The ETEP Network – Eurosonic and the European Talent Exchange (video & presentation)
05:30 p.m. Keynote Speech: Sérgio Hydalgo, ZDB Gallery
Saturday night concerts: peixe : avião (PT), N’Toko (SI), DJ Pravda (IT)

Weekend Two: April 17th to 19th
Thursday 17th and Friday 18th
06:00 p.m. Talks at Casa Amarela and Tio Júlio
10:00 p.m. Residency Showcases at Praça de Couros, Guimarães
Friday 18th
10:00 a.m. Networking: AMAEI presentation with WIN special guest Charlie Phillips (followed by AMAEI AGM, members only)
04:00 p.m. AMAEI PRO
Saturday 19th
10:00 a.m. Debate moderated by Peter Jenner: “Streaming and the future of music: how will artists make a living?”, with participation from several residency artists.
02:30 p.m. Workshop / Masterclass: The new MMF Portugal and the IMMF
05:30 p.m. Keynote Speech: Peter Jenner, Sincere Management Saturday night concerts: Clã (PT), Nástio Mosquito (AO), Jorge Caiado DJ Set

Along with your PRO registration through the form below, your data will be entered into a PRO database made available to all PRO participants, so as to facilitate networking.

The payment can be made via bank tranfer (bank details below)  or through ATM reference generated when registering, until the deadline designated for that purpose. The registration is only valid after payment. In case of cancellation, the value will only be refunded if it occurs up to 48 hours before the start of the activity.

NIB 0035 0363 00080152430 03
IBAN PT50 0035 0363 00080152430 03
Currency EUR

Attending: April 10-12 / April 17 to 19 / BOTH Weekends

Hotel Booking Information Assistance
Note: our partner hotels are already sold out for the first weekend. We have availability for the second weekend still, please e-mail 


All registered PRO participants at Westway Lab interested in booking a hotel through the Festival can make their reservations at Hotel Fundador and/or Hotel de Guimarães at very inviting prices:

Hotel Fundador (3 star) www.hotelfundador.com
Single – 40,00€
Double – 45,00€

Hotel Guimarães
(4 star) www.hotel-guimaraes.com
Single – 65,00€
Double – 70,00€

When you make your booking with the hotel, please refer that you are a registered PRO with Westway Lab Festival!

Please note that both hotels are already fully booked for the first PRO weekend, April 10th to 12th. Their availability is now limited, first-come first-served for the second PRO weekend, 17th to 19th.

Guimarães welcomes you!

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Westway Lab Festival is a collaborative platform, a living and organic laboratory, of experimentation and stimulus to creativity whose goal is to bring together, in the same city, acclaimed and emerging, international and national, innovative and purists artists during a period of music creation, video, urban interventions, architecture and thought played out through the development of activities such as artistic residencies, creative ateliers, showcases, concerts and talks.

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